About Chaplaincy for the Homeless

Our Mission

To bring hope to the homeless by sharing the word of God. We will do this by helping our homeless brethren leave the streets and return to productive lives by sharing with them the love of Jesus Christ. We will do this by providing a Christian Ministry of Presence, Of Advocacy, of Service and of Word and Sacrament.

The Vision

The Chaplaincy will grow to be recognized as the leading Christian Ministry dedicated to bringing the transforming love and hope of Jesus Christ to the homeless by offering them spiritual guidance and support through the efforts of an increasing number of dedicated Chaplains and volunteers along with an expanding group of supporting churches and other social service organizations.

Our Values

  • Every person is made in the Image of God and deserves respect as an image bearer
  • Every person is sought out and worthy of God’s love and compassion
  • Every person is created for a divine purpose and should be supported in the discovery and fulfillment of this purpose
  • Christian belief is discovered, nurtured and expressed in a community of faith
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Chaplain For The Homeless

Meet Our Executive Chaplain

Darwin is a proud native of the state of Lincoln, Illinois. His family taught him the virtues of putting God first, loving Freedom and serving his fellow citizens. After high school, Darwin attended Southwestern Christian College and Freed-Hardeman University, majoring in biblical studies and ministry. He has served churches and missions in Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and now in Arizona.

Darwin took his call to ministry and joined the US Navy in 1981 where he served as a ship chaplain providing worship services.

A small business owner, Darwin operates Green Technology Specialists.

Currently, Darwin creates a daily morning devotional called, “The Morning Touch” on You
Tube.  Click  HERE to see it on this site or click HERE to visit his YouTube channel.

Darwin serves God with his wife, Yolanda Beavers-Campbell who are the proud parents of two
adult children.

Meet Our Staff

john-humphriesWest Valley Chaplian

John protected our community for 35 years as a Phoenix Police Officer. For the past 12 years he has been providing ministry at the Dream Center, Phoenix Rescue Mission and the Maricopa County Jail. He is also an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University and at various Maricopa Community Colleges.

John has been leading a Bible study for the past 8 months.

He is married to Chris and they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

David YanezEast Valley Chaplain

A native of Los Angeles, California. David brings a wide range of ministry experience those he meets on the street. Educationally, David has a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies, a Master’s degree of Divinity in Pastoral Theology, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctor of Ministry degree in theology with a focus on family ministries. He also bring a vast experience in ministry as a pastor in California and Arizona (14 years), as a chaplain in the US Air Force, both in reserve and active duty, retiring after 28 years with rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and most recently as a hospice and hospital chaplain (over 15 years) He is a Board-certified Chaplain. David grew up in the oldest Spanish-speaking Baptist Church in Los Angeles and was ordained in the American Baptist Churches of the USA in November 1980. David shares his life with his wife of 47 years, Dilcia. David and Dilcia have three children and three grandchildren.

Chaplains Aide

Vice Chaplain Resources/PlacementGabriel Soto

Gabriel Soto, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, has been a Pastor, Chaplain and Recovery Coach for 26 years in the Phoenix area.  Gabriel is passionate about sharing the message of Jesus Christ with homeless people, people who are addicted and mentally impaired. Gabriel cares deeply about people’s relationship to Jesus.  With a long history of working with people in recovery, Gabriel is excited to work with the Chaplaincy for the Homeless serving alongside the homeless population in downtown Phoenix and all over Arizona.

Office Manager

Darla, her husband, daughter and son moved to Chandler 16 Years ago from Salem, Oregon. She holds a BA in Business Administration From Ottawa University. She is highly involved with community outreach with various ministries and has specifically worked with the homeless communities in both Arizona and Oregon for the past 25 years.

Prior to working for the Chaplaincy for the Homeless, Darla was the Director of Administration of a large Phoenix church for 7 years and also owns her own business providing strategic consulting to non-profit organizations. Darla considers herself a “barefoot disciple of Jesus” and just wants to be the hands and feet of Jesus. In her spare time, she teaches the US Constitution, Genealogy, loves all History, spending time with family and friends and having authentic conversations.

Office Assistant

dana faulkinbury

Born in Oceanside, Californian, I spent most of my life in a suburb in Ahwatukee, AZ. I got into drugs and at a young age. I was married and ended up separating from my husband. Being estranged from my family led me into homelessness in Mesa , AZ from 2003 till 2015. I struggled with addiction and had many run-ins with the police. In 2015 I was put on probation and came to CASS shelter for the first time. There I attended Bible studies and church services and starting learning about the Lord. Around 2016 I accepted Jesus into my heart. I started to pray, listen and be obedient. In 2017, I graduated probation, all while staying at CASS. In 2020 I began volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul. I’ve always had a desire to help people in need. While awaiting housing, I have established a good rep-oar with St. Vincet. In 2021, I knew I needed to fully surrender to the Lord and get sober. I entered rehab at the Native American Connections and graduated. When I got out, I knew I needed a sponsor. I listened and started working the steps through Celebrate Recovery. I started to see that God was putting people of faith in my path. God then blessed me with my first place of my own and a job here at the Chaplaincy for the Homeless. I believe I am called to serve and give to the needy. I am so excited that I can share my faith and hope story with clients that I’ve gotten to know intimately on my journey down at CASS. I want to give to others what God has given me. My hope for the future is that I can share where my hope comes from and teach others the word of God.

Outreach Coordinator for Women and Children

Pamela and her son, Brighton moved to Phoenix from Tucson, three years ago. She is a native to Arizona from Flagstaff. God has brought her out of addiction and homelessness through his healing touch. Her life is a testament to Gods faithfulness and goodness, in which, she has been called to share the Good News of Christ with others here at the Chaplaincy for the Homeless. Her encounter with Christ has forever changed her and she is passionate about following and serving Christ and building up the Kingdom of God.

Her journey began at the Changing Lives Center through the Phoenix Rescue Mission. She served on The Celebrate Recovery Team at Christ Church Lutheran in leading Worship and discipling others. Christ Cares Ministries is where you can find her if she is not here serving.

The Lord is her strength and she trust and obeys Him to lead. Her heart is after God. She is found in Christ and set free-Pamela finds all that she needs in Him alone.

Galatians 2:20- “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Urban Navigator

Susan Hofmeister

Susan was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona. Although she was not brought up in a Godly home she always believed in Jesus. As a young adult, she lived in Seattle Washington for 10 years. While there she had her own experience with addiction and homelessness. Tent City 4 was her Seattle resource for regaining Independence. However, she still battled with addiction. In December 2018 God got her attention and showed her things about the trajectory of her life. She was miraculously healed from her addictions in January 2019 has been serving The Lord ever since. She also serves on the Celebrate Recovery team at Two Rivers Church in Gilbert where she is currently leading a women’s step study.

 She has a passion for people knowing Jesus, his love, his power, his victory, and receiving the free gift of salvation. She is excited to be part of the chaplaincy ministry as a willing vessel to be used by The Lord as he sees fit. She’s also a proud mother of three amazing children!

Urban Navigator

Teresa EscobarI am a native of Phoenix, Arizona.  I am a mother of one adult daughter. I served in the United States Marine Corps for 13 years.  I am an ordained Evangelist.  I desire to see people be set free and healed from mental disorders.  I also desire to demonstrate the hands and feet and the Love and compassion of Jesus Christ.  I desire that people would have a true love relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our History

rev. gerald roseberryThe Rev. Gerald Roseberry, a minister for 30 years and Pastor of Camelback Presbyterian Church for 13 years until it merged with another congregation, spent the month of November in 1987, living among the Homeless in Phoenix and Tucson. Rev. Roseberry, an activist, did so to publicize the plight of the homeless. Surprisingly he was readily accepted by the homeless as one of them, and spent his nights on the street or in homeless shelters.

read more about our roots and where we are today!

Board of Directors

Doug SeideDOUG SEIDE
Chairman

Doug recommitted his life to follow Jesus in 1992 and has been growing as a Christian ever since. Growing up in Minnesota he graduated from St. Cloud State University, with a BA degree in Psychology & General Business.

Honeywell’s Building Services Division offer him a position to go to the southwestern United States and work in contract sales in Irvine, California. Five years later he was promoted to Arizona Sales Manager where he had much success in growing the business. Enjoying the Arizona weather, and not wanting to be relocated by his employer, he started one of his two property and casualty insurance agencies which he owned and managed for 32 years, withstanding great growth and recessions until he sold the business January 1, 2020.

In 1995 — 2002 Doug was active in the Christian Men’s Network headed by the late Dr. Edwin Louis Cole. From 2004 to 2010 he was a volunteer at the House of Refuge, in Sunnyslope AZ where he was a cook, mentor, and leading a Bible study. Being a member of Scottsdale Bible Church, he became a Men’s Ministry leader and then earned his Chaplain certificate in 2015 with emphasis in teaching the elderly and the homeless.

Doug is married to Joyce and has two sons James & Ryan and two grandchildren Faith and Harley.

JohnThurstonJOHN THURSTON
Born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in many states during two wars following a military father, John ended up graduating from Plainfield High School in New Jersey. Completing a machinist apprentice program with Johns Manville he went on to graduate from Ohio University with a BS in Commerce.

After serving three years in the Army he then spent 42 years with Caterpillar in Manufacturing Management positions and later Human Resource/Labor Relations management. He also remained active in the US Army Reserve for 29 years.

Retiring in 2005 he and Mary Kay moved to Carefree, AZ where he enjoyed retirement until 2015 when he joined the Board of Directors of Homeless ID Project, Inc. in November. He was Vice President of the Board from January 2016 until January 2018. He has been a deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church, a former director of Department of Family Counselling and Service in Illinois, a Vice President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and a proud member of SPEBSQSA for 17 years. He led the reincorporation of the Chaplaincy for the Homeless in January 2018.

Allan WatsonALLAN L. WATSON
Vice President

Allan has owned his own small business, had a 13-year career in corporate America with Sales, Marketing and Management experience at the regional and national levels for two international companies, and has been an Investment Advisor Representative/Financial Advisor since 2007.  He holds both B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Western Illinois University.

He has over 90 total years of experience in not-for-profit leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.  Some of these positions include serving one term as Deacon, one term as Trustee and three terms as Elder in the Presbyterian Church with chairmanships of Finance, Endowments, Memorials, Stewardship, and the Mission Study.  He was elected twice as Emmet Township (IL) Trustee and served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1967 to 1973.

Jack ThompsonJACK THOMPSON
Treasurer

Jack Thompson is an Arizona CPA currently practicing as a Senior Tax Manager with Eide Bailly LLP. Jack graduated from Northern Arizona University with his MBA in 2013, and has worked as a tax preparer in public accounting since graduation. Jack married his beautiful wife Rachel in 2013, and they have two rambunctious daughters together. The family of four serves at First Southern Baptist Church of Glendale at Sahuaro Ranch, which has been their home almost exclusively. Jack and his wife enjoy hiking and mini golf whenever they get the opportunity. Jack has served for approximately one year beside Darwin sharing the hope of Jesus at the St. Vincent de Paul location in Sunnyslope before being asked to become a board member for the Chaplaincy. His prayer is that God would continue to work through the organization to bring healing and restoration to those who are most in need.

Lynn OatesLYNN F. OATES

Mr. Oates, a certified public accountant, has over forty years’ experience in the beverage, distribution, natural resources and public accounting businesses. He spent 11 years as the CFO or Treasurer of an independent Coca-Cola Bottling Company and 7 years as the CFO of a subsidiary of Airgas, Inc.  For the past three years he has been a tax accountant with a local CPA firm.

Following service in the US Navy, Mr. Oates began his career with Arthur Anderson & Company as an auditor. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Taxation from Golden Gate University.

PAMELA MORRISON
Member at Large

Pamela Morrison

Pamela has been involved throughout her career in serving the needs of people in underserved communities with the goal of helping to establish access to resources that remove barriers for people in need. In her current role as the Community Relationship Officer for the Phoenix Rescue Mission, she has been instrumental in the development Case Management Services throughout the agency and brought onsite medical, dental and educational supports for the residential clients in their programs for men and women. She co-developed a Reentry Curriculum that is taught in the jails that takes women and men on an 8-week journey to understand what their needs are when they reenter the community. It leads people through a process to ask themselves what are their long-term needs and goals and can I get there on my own. In collaboration with the Governor’s Office and Phoenix Police, the Angel Initiative was developed and launched, which provided a way for people to access help for their addiction needs. The Angel Initiative is still active and has been expanded to the state.

I believe all people can change when given the opportunity and support to find the right way for them. No judgement just love and support to help people find the strength to take the steps needed for seeking help. Providing access to care for people must be done in a variety of ways, outreach, residential, weekly counseling, groups and mentorship all working together to help those in need.

Outside of my career, I am family focused as a wife, mother and grandmother. My family includes many from my life’s journey that have become family so I count myself a part of a large beautiful mixed group of people who all love and respect each other.

Bill ErlerBILL ERLER
Member at Large

Bill was born in Toledo Ohio in 1955 and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Utah.  He worked in the tool & die and injection molding industry and later moved to Spokane WA where he designed ruggedized handheld and laptop computers for Itronix corporation.  It was in Spokane that he married my wife Cindy, now of 33 years and raised two children, Luke and Maya.  In 2009 he moved to Phoenix and continued his career at General Dynamics designing communications equipment as a principal engineer, team manager and chief engineer.

The move to Phoenix was instrumental in his walk with Christ.  He was led to Scottsdale Bible Church where he joined the Men’s ministry and studied under strong Godly leadership and alongside mature men of faith.  He has led bible studies and mentored at SBC, Phoenix Rescue Mission and Griefshare. In 2018 he completed his Chaplaincy training with a goal to give back to a world in need of the comfort and strength that only Christ our Lord and Savior can provide.  Being led to the Chaplaincy for the Homeless organization in 2020, he has become a volunteer providing a Ministry of Presence and leading bible studies for the homeless community.

Charles GonzalesCHARLES GONZALEZ
Member at Large

Charles Gonzalez was born into poverty in the South Side of Chicago.  He was raised for 13 years in public housing and how to survive with very little.  At the age of 13, Charles was taken into foster care and given an eye-opening experience.  He learned about the life of the middle-class world and what it felt like to have shelter, food, comfort, and love.  With a fresh set of eyes, Charles now knew that life had plenty to offer besides the path that his life started out with.

Charles moved to Oregon to see what life was like without the hustle and bustle of the city.  After a while, this is where he met his wife Darla.  In no time at all, they became a family and started a whole new life.  Moving to Arizona for a Southwest adventure in 2004, they set roots in Chandler Arizona.  This is where they still live to this day.

Charles enjoys serving other people.  It’s with a humble heart that he always remembers to lift others up and never look down upon others.  In the wise words of his wife, “If I don’t have the money to donate, allow me to give my time.”

Charles is a Controller for a large insurance company in Scottsdale and owns his own business.  He enjoys riding motorcycles, ​exploring, taking nature ​photographs as well as stargazing with his family.  He is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster kids with the Superior Courts of Arizona.   Having been homeless in Chicago for a short time, Charles knows the hardships and looks forward to bringing his compassion and spiritual gifts to the Chaplaincy.

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